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Sep 21, 2012 07:24
Category: General News

Wenatchee Complex Fire Fire Update – September 20, 2012

A public meeting is scheduled for 7 PM September 21 at the Leavenworth Fire Hall, Chumstick Road across from the Leavenworth High School.

Firefighters made good progress securing fire lines and limiting the spread of fires at the north, south and east ends of the complex that previously threatened homes in the Wenatchee, Cashmere, Entiat and Chelan areas. These fires include First Creek, Byrd Canyon, Canyon, Poison and Peavine fires. Today the smoky inversion lasted most of the day limiting aerial operations. The inversion also put a cap on fire activity, giving ground crews an opportunity to complete and secure additional fire lines. Eight smoke jumpers attacked a new fire start in the Entiat Valley and checked the spread at 2 acres. The area along the Westside of Squilchuck between Halverson Road and Hampton Road was changed to a level 2, all other evacuation levels remain the same.

A new spike camp was established at Lake Wenatchee State Park today, hosting 90 fire fighters. Crews will work out of this camp on the Sears, Basalt and Maverick Fires. By establishing this camp the crews will have more time on the line and a longer rest period at night.

·- Canyon Fire - 7,587 Acres - 90% Contained

·- Byrd Fire 13,909 Acres, plus 70 Acres 90% Contained

·- Poison Fire 5,991 Acres, plus 8 Acres 30% Contained

·- Peavine Fire 7,870 Acres, less 330 Acres 20% Contained

·- First Creek Fire 1,236 Acres 30% Contained

·- Pyramid Fire 544 Acres, plus 113 Acres 0% Contained

·- Klone Fire 1,071 Acres, plus 58 Acres 0% Contained

·- Cashmere Fire 754 Acres, plus 96 Acres 0% Contained

·- Basalt Fire 137 Acres, plus 1 Acres 0% Contained

·- Sears Creek Fire 184 Acres, plus 44 Acres 0% Contained

·- Maverick Fire 30 Acres, less 10 Acres 0% Contained

·- Other Fires within the complex 2,540 Acres, plus 1,813 Acres 20% Contained

The Incident Management Team would like to express appreciation to the community for your support and help in our efforts to suppress these fires. It is vital that the community cooperate with evacuations, road closures, and avoiding areas of high traffic for fire suppression.